Sunrisers Hyderabad were deemed to be done and dusted at one point of the tournament. However, a string of impressive victories against the top sides along with a superior net run-rate helped them stamp their ticket into the playoffs for the fifth consecutive time. Their dream run continued following a win in a low scoring thriller against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator.
The coin favoured David Warner for the 11th time this season and the Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper had no hesitation to send in the Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat first. In-form Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out of injury which brought in Shreevats Goswami for the first time this season.
Virat Kohli named four changes to the side which suffered defeat at the hands of the Delhi Capitals in their final league game. Chris Morris had to be left out as a result of an injury while Josh Phillipe, Isuru Udana and Shahbaz Ahmed were also out of the playing eleven. Moeen Ali, Aaron Finch, Adam Zampa and Navdeep Saini were named as the replacement for the franchise.
Virat Kohli opened the batting with Devdutt Padikkal to face the new ball pair of Sandeep Sharma and Jason Holder. The skipper did not have a long stay after enduring a tame dismissal for just 6. Fellow opener Padikkal also departed following a soft dismissal, also at the hands of Holder.
With only 56 runs coming in the first 10 overs of the innings, Aaron Finch was dismissed after the opener tried to accelerate the innings. In the same over, Moeen Ali walked back to the pavilion for a duck following an unfortunate dismissal off a free-hit.
AB de Villiers played a lone knock of 56, but could not stay until the end to propel the first innings total after being undone by a Natarajan yorker. The side could only manage 131-7 on the board.
Sunrisers Hyderabad seal Qualifier 2 berth with a last-over finish
Royal Challengers Bangalore were rewarded with an early wicket of Goswami while Warner’s time at the crease was put to an end with a close DRS call.
Manish Pandey could only chip in with 24 and the problems continued to mount for the chasing side as Priyam Garg fell for just 7.
With the spinners taking control of the innings, Kane Williamson navigated the chase with his usual calm demeanour and with the aid of Jason Holder at the other end was able to seal the game with 2 balls to spare while also bringing up his half-century.
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